Friday, 2 August 2013
dry skin fixes
summer. season of pina coladas, beaches, sticky tube journeys and thirstier-than-thirsty skin. at least it is for me. the general accelerated temperature plus all the air con is a recipe for parched skin, and once you factor in flying and foreign climes you're basically looking at the sahara desert. on your face. dry skin is not happy for skin for many reasons; one, it feels gross. two, it doesn't take make up well. three, dry skin often becomes congested skin because your body will try and compensate for the lack of moisture with a good ol' dose of sebum. lovely. my skin usually errs on the dry side but summer really does a number on my face, and it can still feel tight after lots of different creams. obviously you're all smart guys and girls who drink heaps of water (yes?) so finding something to give a moisture surge without clogging your pores is your next best bet. my hero product so far is institut estederm's cellular water gel. i've had this lying around for ages but never used it until my origins make a difference treatment ran out last week. don't get me wrong, the origins is great, but my skin feels SO much more hydrated using this. i slap it on before moisturiser, but it's so lightweight it doesn't make me feel all congested and heavy. estederm use their patented "aquaporins" that carry water into the heart of the skin, like tiny molecular straws - science be damned, my skin just feels so soft and people have actually commented on how healthy it looks. also two thumbs up to my new favourite overnight mask; sampar's so much to dew.
super cute french brand, this mask comes with a brush attached so you can sweep it over your face like a painter and then hit the hay. it's clear, so it'd be perfect for flights too. it's similar to rodial's hyaluranoic dragon's blood mask, but easier to apply, and i think you get more plumped up skin from it. but for seriously dehydrated skin? elemental herbology's biodynamic facial souffle. the smell is pretty floral, but this heavy-duty mask will really quench your skin's thirst. i love this in winter, but parched summer skin could use it too. full of rose damask to calm sensitive skin (and great if you're sunburnt) the mask combines marine collagen and peptides to plump up drier-than-dry complexions. and of course, dry skin loves an oil; my faves are nude's progenius for all-round moisture and radiance, but trilogy's rosehip oil for brightening and evening out skin tone - it's great on acne scars or little blemishes, too. personally, i use the cellular water and rosehip every day without fail - but once a week, i find myself reaching for the sampar...